hwealf

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Old English[edit]

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Etymology[edit]

From Proto-Germanic *hwalbą, *hwalfą. Cognate with Old High German walbe, Old Norse hvalf (Iceland hólf).

Pronunciation[edit]

Noun[edit]

hwealf f

  1. vault, arch
    • 10th century, Anonymous, Beowulf, line 576:
      under heofenes hwealf
      under heaven’s vault

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Adjective[edit]

hwealf

  1. arched, vaulted, hollow, concave, bent
    • 10th century, Anonymous, Judith XI 214, Nowell Codex:
      bordum beðeahte, / hwealfum lindum,
      with bucklers protected, / With their hollow shields, [1]
      warded with bucklers, / Linden-shields curved, [2]

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References[edit]

  1. ^ 1902, J. Lesslie Hall, Judith, Phœnix and other Anglo-Saxon poems, Silver Burdett and Company, New York, p.12
  2. ^ 1888, Albert S. Cook, Judith, an Old English epic fragment, D.C. Heath & Co, Boston 1888, pp. 17-19
  • hwealf in John R. Clark Hall, A Concise Anglo-Saxon Dictionary for the Use of Students, The Macmillan Company, New York 1916, p. 170
  • hwealf in Bosworth-Toller Anglo-Saxon Dictionary (digital edition)